Roses are always a garden favorite, but purchasing the plants can be an expensive endeavor. Over the years we've tried splitting our plants, propagating by cutting and rooting in water, which didn't work out so well.
This is by far the easiest way to get free rose bushes from simple cuttings that we know of!
small potatoes, eyes removed.
Propagating roses from cuttings is a relatively simple gardening project that even the kids can do with very little help.
(This is step one!) Before cutting your roses, prepare the area you'll be planting them. Dig a 6" deep trench and line the bottom with sharp sand.
Choose your stems carefully. You'll want to use young stems that are from this years growth, about the thickness of a basic #2 pencil and healthy- meaning that if you can snap a thorn off cleanly, it's a good choice. Avoid using bent or kinky pieces, they don't root well.
(Step 2!) Each cutting should be about 9-10 inches long. No bigger and the pieces that take root the best are the cuttings taken just below the base of a flower bud.
(Step 3!) Cut the very bottom of each stem at a 45 degree angle, then immediately dip the cut end into the honey or rooting hormone and plunge it into a firm, moist potato that has been scored (make a hole in it the thickness of the stem so you don't stress the rose stem by shoving it in the potato!).
Potato Image Credit to AmatuerGardening.com
(Step 4!) Bury them leaving about 3 inches (about 1/3rd) above the soil-line once it's filled in. Water them regularly.
They'll take several months to root well and be ready for transplanting.
In the meantime, here's how to fertilize your beautiful roses once they've established a healthy root system.
Be aware that some brands of potatoes are actually sprayed with an anti-rooting